'Act against African nationals violating law'

Hundreds of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike activists staged a protest on Hesaraghatta main road on Saturday seeking action against African nationals “who violate the law of the land and indulge in crimes”.

The activists took out a procession and blocked the road demanding that the government revoke the suspension of police officers for dereliction for duty following a mob attack on a Tanzanian girl after a car driven by a Sudanese man mowed down a woman pedestrian in Hesaraghatta on Sunday night. When the protesters began marching towards Acharya College, the police stopped them at Bagalgunte and took 43 of them into preventive custody. Traffic movement was disrupted for a while in the area.

President of KRV, Praveen Kumar Shetty, said many African nationals did not respect Indian culture and laws. Many of them are illegally staying here though their visas have expired.

They are involved in online cheating, drug abuse, prostitution and other crimes, he alleged.
The Tanzanian girl has lodged a false police complaint though she was not assaulted. The entire incident has taken a racist colour damaging the reputation of Bengaluru. The City police and the State  government have trusted the victim’s “false complaint” and arrested local residents, he said.

Demanding that the foreign nationals overstaying in the City be deported, Shetty requested the police to keep an eye on the movement of Africans who have come to Bengaluru for their higher studies.

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